A Language of Compassion
Marshall B. Rosenberg
This book presents Rosenberg's vision of empathic communication and the four essential messages that we need to express so that other people can understand what we are experiencing. These same four elements are what we need to listen for in order to understand other people (and ourselves) better. One reader wrote: "A clinical psychologist who studied with Carl Rogers, Dr. Rosenberg pulls together in lucid, flowing prose, information from many respected sources on the art and science of the practical use of language in creating empathy and human connection. Beautifully written in language that demonstrates his compassion.
Marshall Rosenberg has rediscovered the lost language of humankind, the language of a people who care about one another and long to live in harmony. He guides us in reframing the way we express ourselves and listen to others by focusing our consciousness on four areas: what we are observing, feeling, and needing and what we are requesting to enrich our lives. The skills he teaches foster deep listening, respect, and empathy and engenders a mutual desire to give from the heart.
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